Eight silver medals were awarded to wines during the Dutch National Wine Contest 2009, three more than in 2008. Gold medals have so far never been awarded, so a silver medal is currently the highest price in the Dutch National Wine Contest. A silver medal stands for 82 to 88 points in the international 100 points system for wines. (Gold is 89-94 points and ‘Great’ Gold is 95-100 points.) 44 wines received a bronze medal and 51 wines got a WIN-label seal, intended as an incentive price. Over one third of all Dutch wineries, 57 wineries in total, sent 166 different wines, most of them whites. One third comes from Gelderland, where most Dutch vineyards are located. Gelderland lies in the east of the country, near the German border. The province is cut in half by the Rhine. The nearest German wine regions are the Ahr and Mittelrhein, although these are a lot further to the south than the Gelderland vineyards. The contest was organized for the seventh time. All submitted wines were analyzed by a laboratory in Geisenheim in the Rheingau. After approval they were tasted by a panel of wine professionals, chaired by wine professional Ton Kolsteeg. The silver medals went to the vineyards Avitera in Azewijn, winefarm ‘t Heekenbroek in Drempt, Domein Detharding in Doetinchem, Slingehorst in Groenlo, Le Coq Frisé in Epen, Hof van Twente in Bentelo and Reestlandhoeve in Balkbrug (2 medals). In the past five years the Dutch wine area quadrupled.
Update: in a previous version of this article the results of 2008 were mistakenly given; the information was corrected on 29 September. We’re sorry for the mistake.